Holly Ringland grew up barefoot and wild in her mother's tropical garden on the east coast of Australia. Her interest in cultures and stories was sparked by a two-year journey her family took in North America when she was nine years old, living in a camper van and travelling from one national park to another. In her twenties, Holly lived and worked for four years in a remote community in the central Australian desert. In 2011 Holly completed her MA in Creative Writing at the University of Manchester.

The first chapter of Holly’s debut novel The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart (HarperCollins) won Griffith Review’s annual writers’ award in 2015. In 2018 Lost Flowers debuted on the Australian best seller charts. Publication rights have sold in over 25 territories around the world, and Bruna Papandrea’s production company Made Up Stories has acquired screen rights for a forthcoming eight-part TV series. To any question ever asked of Holly about growing up, writing has always been the answer. She now lives between the UK and Australia.

She can be found at hollyringland.com.


Pieces by Holly Ringland

Might be rainbows
Edition 47: Looking West

Griffith Review